Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I covered the following concepts during the session:Math: Multiplication Practice, Comparing and Ordering Fractions, Finding Percent of a Number. Reading: Reading Comprehension. The student still struggled with his multiplication facts especially the 6s, 7s, and 8s. I showed how he can use a multiplication fact he knows and just add on to get the answer. For example, he's not sure what is 8x6 so I told him to do 8x5, which he knows, then just add 8 to get the answer. For comparing and ordering fractions, I showed him how to change the fractions to have the lowest common denominator so the numerators can be compared. For reading, he did very well as usual. He just needs to work on explaining the text eloquently after reading."
"I started the session by briefly introducing the new organization skills/study guide to him and his mother. I explained that this Sunday will be the official "launch date" for his new system and mentioned that he needs to make sure he writes down all of his upcoming assignments for next week and any long-term projects. With this information we will be able to start organizing entries in his new book and be ready to fill in specific calendar items. We then reviewed for tomorrow's test on linear relations. I wrote a list of skills that we have worked on over the most recent weeks (graphing lines from equations, using slope to graph a line if one point is already known, finding an equation of a line, etc.) and went over examples of each kind of problem. I mentioned that he needs to have his textbook next time we meet so we can use it to plan for next week's tasks."
"I tested the student on various concepts from algebra I. Although he missed some questions on the diagnostic test, when we went back and reviewed the same concepts without the clock running, he demonstrated that he understood the material. We worked through some algebra II problems, and they were new to him."
"I tutored the student for about an hour. We reviewed older concepts, and I helped her with homework. Today's homework involved going over coordinate planes."
"I used this session to introduce myself and learn more about the student's school. We then worked on several math problems from her homework. So far, she seems to understand most of the concepts. I think that we will work next on reviewing the types of problems that will be on the first test so that she can feel confident for the test. As we go along, I will try to keep track of how she is managing her time and classes."
"I was pleased to find out he scored an 81% on his first test. Of course, he can still do better for next time, but it was good to see his skills are working in the classroom. Following his Chapter 1 test, he and I took a break from geometry to get more practice in algebra. Since we haven't done much work with quadratic equations, I spent the day re-teaching some of those concepts. We talked about the function y=x^2 and how it is represented graphically and numerically. We also talked about solving roots and did a few practice problems involving that. In addition to the algebra, I gave him a chance to test his problem solving with a math game called "24." To play, one has to reach the number 24, given 4 numbers and use of arithmetic operations (+,-,x,/). He seems to do well in the game, and it's a good tool to keep him thinking sharp."